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Watts fit to print: Developing flexible, organic solar cells

By Shane Huntington

Polymer chemist Dr David Jones and materials scientist Dr Scott Watkins discuss the latest in flexible electronics -- the printable organic solar cell.

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I'm Dr Shane Huntington. Thanks for joining us. Over 100 years ago Albert Einstein published the paper that explained the photoelectric effect, the process that allows light to be converted to electricity by certain materials. Fast forward to today and silicon based solar cells have spread across houses and other buildings in cities around the world. Today these cells not only provide large amounts of power, they also impact electricity prices and base load distribution. But silicon based photovoltaics have their limitations and researchers are turning to alternative organic based systems.While the principles of silicon and organic solar cells are the same, their components, production methods and final properties are as different and some of their potential applications. To bring us up to speed on organic photovoltaics, we are joined in this episode by Dr David Jones from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne and Dr Scott Watkins, Stream Leader of Organic Photovoltaics at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the CSIRO's Materials Science and Engineering Division. Both of our guests are members of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell...

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